The Birth of Homeopathy out of the Spirit of Romanticism / Literature and the Cult of Personality: Essays on Goethe and His Influence / E.T.A. Hoffmann’s Orient: Romantic Aesthetics and the German Imagination

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European Romantic Review 29(4) 2018
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The Birth of Homeopathy out of the Spirit of Romanticism, by Alice A. Kuzniar, Toronto, U of Toronto P, 2017, x + 223 pp., 4 illustrations.

Literature and the Cult of Personality: Essays on Goethe and His Influence, by Gregory Maertz, Stuttgart, ibidem, 2017, x + 278 pp.

E.T.A. Hoffmann’s Orient: Romantic Aesthetics and the German Imagination, by Joanna Neilly, Cambridge, Legenda, 2016, xii + 157 pp.

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Asko Nivala

The three monographs under review here relate to German Romanticism and its Anglophone reception. The first book, Alice A. Kuzniar’s The Birth of Homeopathy out of the Spirit of Romanticism (2017), surveys the connections between the Romantic philosophy of nature and the development of homeopathy. The second book, Gregory Maertz’s Literature and the Cult of Personality: Essays on Goethe and His Influence (2017), concerns the Anglophone reception of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749–1832) in the United Kingdom and New England. Finally, E.T.A. Hoffmann’s Orient: Romantic Aesthetics and the German Imagination (2016) by Joanna Neilly is an intriguing study of orientalism in the oeuvre of E. T. A. Hoffmann (1776–1822). As these laudable studies show, Anglophone research on German Romanticism is an active field of study, producing notable results and making German culture and literature more approachable for an English-speaking audience.